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Monday, April 18, 2016

Witches Dunked

As early as 1698, Grace Sherwood of Princess Anne County had lasting fame as an enchantress when  John Gisburne accused her of casting spells and she joined with her husgand in suiing Gisburne for demation. The jury decided against her. Again, Anthony Barnes also brought a similar accusation against Grace, declaring that she had ridden his wife one night, and then, in the shape of a black cat, had slipped through the keyhole, or a crack in the door.  Once again the jury decided against her. Afterwards, she was sentenced to be ducked, ostensibly to test whether she was really a witch.  Source: Lower Norfolk County Antiquary, vol. ii, pp. 92, 93.

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